Nicole Dennis-Benn’s debut novel, HERE COMES THE SUN, will be published by W. W. Norton/Liveright (JULY 2016). Her writing has been awarded a Richard and Julie Logsdon Fiction Prize; and two of her stories have been nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize in Fiction. She’s a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Sewanee Writers’ Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar, a Lambda Foundation Emerging Writing Fellow and a recipient of distinguished fellowships from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers, and Hedgebrook Residency. Her work has been awarded Honorable Mention from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and has appeared in Electric Literature, Red Rock Review, Kweli Literary Journal, Mosaic, Ebony.com, and the Feminist Wire. Nicole has been invited by the national organization, Girls Write Now, to give a craft-talk on Memoir and Place. She is the Founder and Director of Stuyvesant Writing Workshop in Brooklyn, and currently teaches Writing for the City University of New York.
Nicole is a graduate of Cornell University. She received a MPH from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Nicole was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica.